Meet Cambridge Nanny – Sheilah

November 25, 2011

Every month Cambridge Nanny Group highlights a nanny who is setting the bar on private childcare. This December we introduce you to Sheilah a live-in Nanny.

Sheilah’s a live-in nanny in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago. She cares for three children ages 6 months, 2 and 5. *

“Being a live-in Nanny is the ideal work situation for me.  My goal is to become a pediatric nurse so living expense free allows me to save money to continue my education”, says Sheilah.

Sheilah is committed to providing the best care possible.  “All children need kisses and cuddles, and I want them to feel loved and secure in my company. I also take the children to play sessions and singing classes or any other activity the parents like the children to take part in. I think it’s important that the children start socializing early in life, and to see new places. I also like to be outdoors a lot and often take the children to parks and go on excursions when I can”, says Sheilah.

Working has a nanny is very rewarding but it can also be hard work. “I work more hours than most live-out nannies.  Typically 65+ hours a week, but I like to stay busy”, says Sheilah.

When asked what advice she would give someone seeking a live-in nanny position Sheilah responded.  “Some days are going to be really demanding so it’s really important to take care of yourself.   Eat well, exercise, get proper rest. This is very important if you will be taking care of multiple small children.  I like to hang out with my girlfriends and go shopping or see a movie. I have my own private bedroom and bathroom so some evenings I may watch TV, read, or write in my journal”, explains Sheilah.

“Also, make sure you  get plugged into the Cambridge Nanny Group nanny community.  It’s so helpful to share experiences or just talk with other nannies.  Also, the staff has been so helpful in answering my questions and concerns.  Sometimes I would just call to ask how I should handle a certain situation with the family and they always gave me great advice and support”, says Sheilah.

 

*Details of  client  family changed to maintain client confidentiality.


Cambridge Nanny Group
4707 N Broadway
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60640
Telephone: 773-856-5525 

Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


Holiday Gift Ideas for Nanny or Domestic Employee

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Tis the Season’  for Holiday gift giving.   Want to reward your nanny or domestic employee, but not sure what to give them.  Here are some great tips and gift ideas sure to please. Cheers!

TIPS

Remember your recipient.  Take note of the person’s style and taste.

Think about giving a gift that someone wouldn’t buy for themselves. Without being extravagant or expensive, a “splurge” item could help your employee relieve stress or make life a little easier.

Give the gift in person. Give the gift in person if you can – it’s always more meaningful. However, never ask someone to open a present in front of you; it could easily create an embarrassing or disappointing situation. If it is not possible to give a gift in person, plan to ship the gift early since so many staffers travel and take vacation toward the end of the year.

Presentation Counts. Pay attention to your gift-wrapping. Take a moment to personalize your gift by using appropriate paper and packaging, and don’t forget to include a hand-written card.

Avoid too personal gifts. How do you determine how to stay within professional boundaries? A good guideline for what to steer clear of is anything that touches the skin…lingerie, fragrances, jewelry, clothing, and anything that requires size, style or color.

Give a gift that is both thoughtful and useful. Simplifying a busy person’s life or updating an outdated staffer with the latest technology will ensure that your gift is appreciated. Presenting someone with a needed gift shows that you’re paying attention.

GIFT IDEAS

Cash/Check equivalent to 1-2 weeks of gross pay.  Amount determined by employee’s overall performance.  If this is not in your budget keep reading… we have ideas for every budget.

  • Spa Gift Certificate (Mani/Pedi, Facial, Massage)
  • Standard Movie theater passes
  • Restaurant Gift Certificate
  • Book Store or on-line bookseller Gift Certificate
  • Cash Gifts Bonus (always appreciated)
  • Additional Paid Day(s) off in addition to vacation time.
  • Tickets to sporting Event
  • Tickets to favorite concert
  • Tickets to theater or concert of favorite artist.
  • Electronic items: DVD Player, camera, computer, cell phone, television, iPad etc
  • Plane tickets to visit friends or family
  • Health Club Membership
  • Clothing Store Gift Certificate
  • Jewelry Store  Gift Certificate
  • Grocery Store Gift Certificate (especially helpful for nannies who have their own families)
  • Pre-paid classes: art, pottery, dance, music, tennis, golf, swimming, writing, etc. (This is a perfect gift for a nanny who has always wanted to pursue a particular hobby or learn a new activity.)
  • Collectibles. Perfect gift for a nanny who has a collection, i.e., stamps, books, figurines, dolls, etc.
  • Memory books, scrapbooks, or photo albums prepared by the family.
  • Keepsakes from Children – framed art work, picture , frames, charms, and engraved items.
  • Hand written heartfelt thank you notes from family is always appreciated and timeless.


  • Happy Holidays! 


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Neighborhood Parents Network

    November 23, 2011


    Neighborhood Parents Network connects a diverse community of families with the resources they need to navigate parenting in the city. Expectant, new, and seasoned parents come to NPN to find what they need to tackle the everyday challenges of being a parent.  Whether on-line or in-person, NPN makes it easy to find support, must-have information, and amazing city events. Connecting Chicago parents for more than 30 years! NPN is here for you – find your connections in your own neighborhood and with similar interests.


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Extended Interview Hours for Candidates

    November 16, 2011

    You asked. We listened. We are now offering interviews on evenings and weekends! Interviews will be conducted by Donna who has a B.A and M.A in Psychology. When she is not working for Cambridge Nanny Group she works as a Clinician, Mediator, Trainer & Child Management Research Consultant. We are excited to have her join our growing team!


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Nominate A Deserving Person

    November 14, 2011


    Many times we know of people who are always doing for others, and rarely do for themselves.  Or maybe you know of someone who has been through a great hardship: financial or emotional.  Cambridge Nanny Group  would like to provide a deserving person with a FREE “Nanny for a Day”. We hope we can make a difference in someone’s life and brighten up their holiday season.  Whatever the reason, you may nominate a person to receive 8 hours of free private in-home childcare.

    To nominate a deserving person or family, please email ingrid@cambridgenannygroup.com and tell us why they are deserving.


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Meet Cambridge Nanny – Sandra

    November 12, 2011

    Every month Cambridge Nanny Group highlights a nanny who is setting the bar on private childcare. This November we introduce you to Sandra W. – a retired schoolteacher. 

    Before retiring in 2006, Sandra was an elementary and middle school teacher. She taught 4th grade, 5th grade and spent the last 15 years of her career teaching 7th and 8th grade English.

    “Teaching middle school is a challenge.  Not all teachers can do it. You’re dealing with hormones, puberty,  bullying, peer pressure and possibly early dating or crushes.   To succeed you must have patience, thick skin, and a sense of humor”, says Sandra laughingly. 

    After retiring Sandra traveled the country, volunteered at her Parish and took several cruises with her best girlfriends.  “I even took up Yoga. I finally had the time to do the things I’ve always wanted to do”, says Sandra.  But after a few years into retirement Sandra discovered she really missed working with children.  “It was like an itch in my heart I needed to scratch”, explains Sandra.

    Sandra began tutoring students several hours a week.  “I called Cambridge Nanny Group seeking tutoring opportunities and was invited into their office to meet with the Placement Director. We chatted for awhile and he asked if I would be interested in a part-time nanny position”, explains Sandra. 

    “I  don’t mean to come across as snobby, but I ‘m a  college educated professional.  I Frankly didn’t want to go into someone’s house and be thought of as “help”.    I had a nice pension so I didn’t need the money.  I heard him out anyway.  He explained that each nanny brings a wide range of experience and  his goal was to match me with a position that matched my interest and goals. I liked what I heard”, says Sandra. 

    The Placement Director at Cambridge Nanny Group thought Sandra would be an excellent fit for a family in Long Grove, IL  who had four boys: ages 9, 11, 12 and 15.   The parents had just finalized their divorced . The  Mom was returning to work after dedicating the last 15 years of her life to being homemaker.  Finding the right private caregiver was crucial. Someone  who valued education and could not only assist with homework.  The ideal candidate  would create and maintain routine and structure while the family was going through this life transition.    The schedule would be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday late afternoons until early evening when Mom arrived home. *

    “The family viewed my video and invited me to their home for an interview.  We had a wonderful meeting and really clicked.    Long story short I accepted the position.  It’s been 14 months now….boy time flies.  I never married so it’s wonderful to be part of this energetic, sometimes rowdy, and terrific bunch” , says Sandra.    

    She’s worked her magic and keeps the boys on a structured schedule and each is thriving in and out of school. “By the time Dad calls and Mom get’s home chores must be done, their rooms must be tidy, and homework should be in progress or completed”, says Sandra.  

    When asked how she manages four boys Sandra responded, “Well, kids obey adults who they genuinly respect.    I don’t lead by fear – that only leads to rebellion.  I established a relationship with each of them early on so we understand each other. Also,  we have a good time together. We laugh a lot. They always have me in stitches.  I make a point of keeping up on sports news or whatever they’re interested in so we always have a common ground”, she say’s.


    “I don’t think the children think of me as a Nanny”,  says Sandra. “They call me Granny Sandra which is alright by me.”

     

    * Details have been changed to protect client family privacy. 


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Client Open House Series

    November 11, 2011

    Dear Current and Perspective Clients,

    You are cordially invited to stop by our Chicago office every Friday between 10am -5pm for our client Open House

    This open house is an opportunity for our clients to:

    • Visit with one another and Cambridge staff and see how we work.
    • Share some of our childcare experiences and solutions.
    • Learn out about the latest and greatest things going on at Cambridge
    • Enjoy refreshments and sweets.

    We look forward to meeting and discussing how Cambridge Nanny Group can meet your childcare needs.  See you on Friday!


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Chicago Date Night Destination Tip

    November 7, 2011

    We are always on the look-out for the best date night destinations in the Windy City. In her blog, Gwyneth Paltrow has given a Chicago restaurant named Schwa her stamp of approval. Here is what she had to say about it:

    “The absolute highlight of my trip (to Chicago) was eating at Schwa. Chef Michael Carlson and his brother Seth who run it are so punk rock that they don’t even answer the phone, which makes getting a table difficult, yet weirdly fascinating. From the outside, Schwa looks like it has been condemned. Inside, the dining room is small and spare yet cozy. The formality of the service and menu (no orders taken until the whole party arrives, and the elaborate tasting menu) is juxtaposed by all the hot waiters in skater clothes and the blaring hip hop/heavy metal. The food is sublime. We did the 9 course tasting menu, which ranged from a very inventive bourbon Manhattan aperitif to the most unbelievable baked potato soup with crispy potato skin on the side (my favorite) with scallion purée and cheddar cheese. It’s classic American comfort food by way of Ferran Adria/Banksy/Tony Hawk. It’s off the hook.” Gwyneth Paltrow.

    If you happen to check it out before we do let us know what you think! Enjoy!


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Health Screening for Nannies

    November 3, 2011

    Most states require TB testing and a health clearance for licensed facilities and day care centers. Why would you require any less for your child’s caregiver?  We require that nannies provide physician verification that they are free of communicable diseases and clears the nanny of any health issues that would impair her ability to care for your active child.

    If you are a nanny seeking free or low-cost health screening options please contact our office at 773-856-5525 for a referral list.


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge


    Tips for Staying Healthy During Flu Season

    TIS THE SEASON FOR SICKNESS….TIPS FROM THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ON STAYING HEALTHY DURING WINTER FLU SEASON

    Child-care providers should wash their hands between contacts with infants and children, such as before meals or feedings, after wiping the child’s nose or mouth, after touching objects such as tissues or surfaces soiled with saliva or nose drainage, after diaper changes, and after assisting a child with toileting.
    Child-care providers should wash the hands of infants and toddlers frequently or use an alcohol-based hand cleaner frequently if hand washing amenities are not readily available.
    Encourage children to wash hands frequently. Teach children to wash hands for 15-20 seconds (long enough for children to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
    Oversee the use of alcohol-based hand cleaner by children and avoid using these on the sensitive skin of infants and toddlers.
    When using alcohol-based hand cleaner rub hands thoroughly until the alcohol has dried.
    Keep alcohol-based hand cleaner out of the reach of children to prevent unsupervised use.
    Ensure that sink locations and restrooms are stocked with soap and paper towels or working hand dryers.
    Ensure that each child care room and diaper changing area is supplied with alcohol-based hand cleaner when sinks for washing hands are not readily accessible. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are not recommended when hands are visibly soiled.

    KEEP THE CHILD CARE ENVIRONMENT CLEAN AND MAKE SURE THAT SUPPLIES ARE AVAILABLE

    Clean frequently touched surfaces, toys, and commonly shared items at least daily and when visibly soiled.
    Toys that have been mouthed should be removed from use by another child until they can be cleaned and sanitized.
    Use an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered household disinfectant labeled for activity against bacteria and viruses, an EPA-registered hospital disinfectant, or EPA-registered chlorine bleach/hypochlorite solution. Always follow label instructions when using any EPA-registered disinfectant. If EPA-registered chlorine bleach is not available and a generic (i.e., store brand) chlorine bleach is used, mix ¼ cup chlorine bleach with one (1) gallon of cool water.
    Keep disinfectants out of the reach of children. 
Remind children and care providers to cover their noses and mouths when sneezing or coughing.
    Advise children and care providers to cover their noses and mouths with a tissue when sneezing or coughing, and to put their used tissue in a waste basket.

    OBSERVE ALL CHILDREN FOR RESPIRATORY ILLNESS
    • Check to see if the child has symptoms of influenza-like illness to avoid exposing non-infected children.
    • Observe closely all infants and children for symptoms of respiratory illness. Notify the parent immediatelyif a child develops a fever (over 99˚F under the arm, over 99.5˚F orally, or over 100.0˚F rectally) or chills, cough, sore throat, headache, or muscle aches.
    • Advise parent to call doctor. Separate the child who is sick from other children until the parent comes home.
    • If you observe children with symptoms of respiratory illness, report these symptoms to your local health department or local health authority.
    • Infants and young children can become quite ill with influenza very quickly, and might require urgent medical attention and possibly hospitalization. If a child has difficulty breathing, is lethargic, or appears to be worsening rapidly, consider calling a physician or 911 in addition to notifying a parent.
    Require parents of sick children to keep their children home.
    • Require sick child-care providers to stay home until they are well and have no fever.
    Make sure children and child-care providers are immunized.
    • Children should be up to date on all vaccinations, including influenza vaccine for those over 6 months old.
    • Child-care provider should be up to date on all adult vaccinations, including annual influenza vaccine, Tdap (tetanus/diptheria/pertussis), and, for those over 65 or with chronic illnesses or smokers, pneumoccocal vaccine.


    Cambridge Nanny Group
    4707 N Broadway
    3rd Floor
    Chicago, IL 60640
    Telephone: 773-856-5525 

    Website: www.cambridgenannygroup.com
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/cambridgenanny
    Twitter: http://twitter.com/nanny_cambridge